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Budapest

Hungary
Budapest travel packages
The Paris of the Danube.
Budapest combines historic architecture and rich culture with modern style.
Budapest is a sprawling city split by the mighty Danube River. It's a gorgeous destination for travel in Central Europe. Are you interested in history, architecture, relaxation, or culture? You'll have plenty to look forward to on your trip to Budapest. Choose a comfortable hotel and don't miss the famous spas. Buda is ancient and Pest is modern. A series of bridges connects them. Both sides of the river claim places on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Sights in Budapest include Buda Castle, the Danube Embankment, and Andrassy Avenue. The Pest side has broad avenues like Paris, with several ring roads and avenues radiating from the center. You can walk through central Budapest, but there is also excellent public transport. A ride on the subway or streetcars is a must for any visitor to Budapest. It's easy to escape the crowds of tourists, since the sights are spread throughout the city.
Unlike Western Europe, Budapest and Hungary is not the euro, helping keep the Hungarian capital quite affordable. Don't miss Hungary's wines, some of the best in Central Europe. Hungarian cuisine is generally considered the region's best, mixing meat dishes such as goulash with spices, especially paprika. Budapest is a cosmopolitan city, and its many Michelin-starred restaurants demonstrate its culinary diversity. Hungarians are especially proud of their music, which is made evident by Budapest's nightly concerts. The bar and restaurant scene is evolving rapidly, making it one of the coolest places on our map. Your Budapest vacation may just be the best you've ever had!

Where to stay in Budapest

With Budapest's accommodation options ranging from boutique and luxury hotels, to affordable B&Bs and apartments large enough for seven people to share, whatever kind of accommodation you need, we've got it covered. Take your pick from staying on the Pest side of the river, where most of the city's restaurants and nightlife are to be found, or on the quieter Buda side, close to the castle. Once we start preparing your customized itinerary we will present our recommended options for you to select from.
Elegant Design Hotel
One of the finest hotels in the city, Prestige Hotel Budapest opened in 2015 in a palace in the heart of the city. Elegant decor and a Michelin-starred restaurant.
Perfectly located 3-star hotel
Enviably located, especially for a 3-star hotel, right between St Stephen's Basilica and the Hungarian National Opera House.
Luxury 5-star hotel
This hotel features a beautiful spa and rooms, and an amazing restaurant.

Things to do in Budapest

We've got a broad range of city tours, day trips and excursions to keep you busy in Budapest. Explore Jewish Budapest, get to know the city fast with a private walking tour, or explore the delights of Hungarian cuisine with a gourmet food and wine tour. Budapest is also an excellent base for day tripping to many of Hungary's other highlights. When we send you your customized itinerary you will be able to choose additional excursions to include in your vacation package or consider adding later.
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Budapest Market, Food, Coffee Private Tour
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Budapest Private Sightseeing Water Limousine Tour
Private Wine Tour to Eger with Wine Tastings, Lunch and City Tour
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Out of Budapest - Szentendre Artist's Village Private Tour
Retro Trabant Private Tour
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Budapest Private City Tour by Tuk Tuk
Jewish District Private Tour with Food Tasting Experience
Alternative Budapest Small Group Tour

Popular Tour Itineraries Featuring Budapest

Spend some time in Budapest on a tour that takes in other cities in Hungary and neighboring countries. Our vacation packages including Budapest and other destinations make traveling in Central & Eastern Europe hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Glowing Reviews from Our Guests

4.9 / 5

Average of our Guest's Ratings of our Budapest vacation packages
Based on 91 reviews
Review by Jeffrey, Patricia, Carrie & BJ

Jeffrey, Patricia, Carrie & BJ

Pennsylvania

Our trip to Budapest, Vienna and then Prague was made perfectly seamless with Jayway making all arrangements. Our overall European representative, Judit Holt, was delightful and invaluable in both developing our itinerary and then making certain that all details were executed perfectly.

Our trip to Budapest, Vienna and then Prague was made perfectly seamless with Jayway making all arrangements. Our overall European representative, Judit Holt, was delightful and invaluable in both developing our itinerary and then making certain that all details were executed perfectly.

Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Prague
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Prague
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Patrick, Lynette, Molly & Helen

Patrick, Lynette, Molly & Helen

Ontario

JayWay Travel is well organized, their staff are very helpful, and their guides are very friendly and knowledgeable.

JayWay Travel is well organized, their staff are very helpful, and their guides are very friendly and knowledgeable.

Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Prague
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Prague
Rating :
5 / 5
Review by Vicky & George

Vicky & George

Florida

Jay Way Travel makes it easy to plan a trip the way we prefer to travel: with a lot of support, planning help and guidance and yet you are not in a big group but independent. Definitely recommend. And thank you for a great nine days!

Jay Way Travel makes it easy to plan a trip the way we prefer to travel: with a lot of support, planning help and guidance and yet you are not in a big group but independent. Definitely recommend. And thank you for a great nine days!

Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Poland
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5
Year : 2019
Visited : Hungary, Austria, Poland
Itinerary : Budapest, Vienna, Krakow
Rating :
5 / 5

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Budapest

How do I get around Budapest?

Almost everything is within walking distance in Budapest, but if you want to spend less time on foot and more time seeing the sights, public transport is quick and inexpensive.

Only some bus drivers sell tickets, but they do not make change and tickets purchased on the bus are more expensive. If you are using single tickets do not forget to validate your ticket when you get on the vehicle. On buses and trams the ticket is validated by a punch or electronic machine on board. Punch your ticket before you get down to the platform when using the metro. If you're going to be using public transport a lot (more than 5 journeys a day) whilst you are in Budapest we recommend a 24 or 72 hour travelcard. If you're only going to make a couple of journeys a day, then you can save a little compared to the cost of single tickets by buying a book of 10 tickets.

The Metro, day Buses and Trams run 4.20am-midnight
Night bus services - on the Grand Boulevard N.906. first 12.35AM last 4.35AM

Taxis are an option, though much more expensive than public transport, with the flag fall alone costing as much as a single journey by public transport.

Is Budapest a safe city?

Budapest is definitely a safe city with the proviso that as with any other big city there are some standard precautions you should take, such as being watchful of your wallet or purse, don't flash thick wads of banknotes or expensive jewelry and don't leave your bag or bike unguarded, don't walk alone late at night in unlit deserted streets, don't withdraw cash from ATMs in dark deserted places, don't accept drugs or unsolicited sexual approaches, don't trust people that you instinctively feel fishy, unreliable, way too strange.

Where can I park a car in Budapest?

Parking in Budapest is not easy to come by. The larger hotels often have underground parking facilities attached, though you can expect to pay a high price for the convenience (for example, the Four Seasons charges 9800 HUF ($44) per night for parking). For around 5000 HUF a day ($22) you can use a multi-storey car park. On street parking is strictly policed. There are paid parking bays and you must buy a ticket for the entire time the car is to be parked there, and there are often limits on how long you can leave a car there for. For more information and a list of multi-storey car parks, see this link. Before deciding to take a car to Budapest consider the various other ways you can get there (bus, train, plane, private transfer) and the fact that the public transport in the city is inexpensive and reliable.

Which is the best Budapest baths for me?

Each of Budapest's many public spa is a little different so it's worth doing a little research into which one you're likely to enjoy the most.. We've written at length about Budapest's best spas on our blog.

Are there vegan options?

The region's best cuisine, Hungarian delicacies extend beyond goulash, and almost every restaurant in Budapest offers options for vegans and those with other dietary restrictions. If you have a sweet tooth but are vegan, or have diabetes or lactose/gluten intolerances, visit Plantmilkyway. This confectionary uses only plant-based, sugar-free ingredients. If you're vegan but love a good burger, both Istvánffi Burger and Las Vegans can meet your needs. Another good option is Napfényes, a restaurant and confectionary with an a'la carte menu offering many vegan alternatives to classic Hungarian dishes.
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